1978 was a pivotal year for the Libertarian Party. In addition to
solidifying the LP's status as third-largest political party in the U.S., the
LP elected its first officeholder and groomed a presidential candidate.
In 1978, 200 Libertarian candidates won a combined 1.3 million votes, more
candidates and votes than any other minor party.
Dick Randolph was
elected to the
House of Representatives, where he was instrumental in
repealing Alaska's personal income tax.
Ed Clark ran a strong
campaign for fovernor of
winning 378,980 votes, 5.5% of the total.
Clark would go on to become the party's
1980 presidential candidate.
- Brookhiser, Richard. "None of the Above." National Review, 31
October 1980, 32:1324-5.
- Jackovich, Karen. "Ed Clark is the Libertarian Party's Headstrong Candidate
for the White House." People, 22 September 1980, 14:36-7.